Thursday, May 5, 2011

Heir to the Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition Preview: Annotation #8: Imperial War Machine

 Star Wars Books on Facebook has released the latest in a series of preview annotations for Timothy Zahn's Star Wars: Heir to the Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition.   Annotation #8 focuses on Zahn's portrayal of Imperial forces.


"I wanted to set up the Fleet as having suffered during the chaos and retreat of the years since Endor, slipping back from the generally efficient war machine shown in the movies to something less polished. Lieutenant Tschel was an example of the eager but inexperienced crewers that the Empire now had to whip into fighting shape, contrasting with Captain Pellaeon." -- TZ
This portrayal is something that we see repeated in the Bantam era with regards to former Imperial forces.  It also provides an interesting flip flopping of roles between the Rebellion becoming the New Republic and the Empire in effect becoming more like the Rebels in terms of resources and quality of training and troops. 


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